HELD AT NEW BETHEL
April 19-21. 1867.
BIBLICAL RECORDER BOOK AND JOB PRINTING OFFICE.
Friday Morning, April 19, 1867.
The Association met pursuant to adjournment ; the in-
troductory sermon was delivered by Elder R. P. Martin,
from Romans i: 16, after which brother Elijah Jones sang
and led in prayer.
The Moderator being deprived of education, we failed to
have reading before calling the names of the churches and
enrolling the names of the delegates present, viz :
JPleasant Grove — Asa Cousans, Nelson J. Cousans, Wm, ,
Cousans and William Moss.
Lea's Chapel — Watte Johnson ,
New Bethel — Philip Wilson, Henderson Luster, Dudley
Milton — Greene Jackson and Nathaniel Wooden.
Cedar Grove — Stephen Williams and Thomas Pointer.
Sinama — Wm. Tyler, Sr., Wm. Tyler, Jr., and Presley
Oak Grove — Thos. Curtis, John Norwood and Elijah
Antioch — Burl Jones, Wm. Moss and Albert Montague.
Atkins' Grove — Monroe Alexander, James Ellis and
Ephesus Chapel — Amsted Greene, William McGhee and
Salisbury — No delegates present.
Hiilsboro—No delegates present.
Brother ¥m. Moss was unanimously elected Moderator,
and John F. Woodie Clerk.
On motion brother Asa Cousins was elected Treasurer.
By request, brother R. P. Martin read the Constitution.
Singing and prayer by brother Cuffee Mayo.
On motion the Association then adjourned to meet at
2 o'clock, P. M.
two o'clock p. m.
The xisbociatioii met and was openeu by singing and
prayer, conducted by Nathaniel Wooden.
Brief remaiks were made by Elder R. P. Martin to the
Churches, for the purpose of obtaining funds to procure
Bibles and hymn books, for the use of the different
On motion, it was unanimously adopted that each church
should furnish the sum of five dollars for the above stated
On motion of brother Henderson Luster, Elder R. P.
Martin was elected Bible Agent for the Association.
On motion of brother Wm. Moss, the following brethren
were appointed a committee to prepare resolutions, viz :
Elder R. P. Martin, Greene Jackson, Nathaniel Wooden,
Cuffee Mayo and Elijah Jones.
After one hour in conference, the Association was ad-
dressed by brother Edmund Howard, from Exodus xx : 2,
3, followed by brother Cumbrey Ellis. " Thou shalt have
no other Gods before me.
After singing and prayer by brother Cuffee Mayo, the
Association adjourned to meet the following day, at 9 A. M.
Saturday Morning, 9 O'Clock, A. M.
The Association met and was opened with religious ex-
ercises, conducted by brother Cousans.
The iu. "erator took the chair and called the Association
to order, lae minutes of yesterday were read and ap-
On motion the Clerk read the report of the committee
and it was unanimously adopted.
Brother Martin remarked that it being his birth day, and\
led to think of God's mercy in sparing him, he felt it his I
duty to address them, which he did, from Luke xn : 32.
lie was followed by Cuffee Mayo, from Romans vi: 7.
Brother 1ST. Wooden led in singing. After prayer by
brother Howell, the Association adjourned to meet at 2
o'clock, P. M.
two o'clock, p. m.
The Association met and was opened by ''singing and
prayer, conducted by brother Dudley Williams. >
On motion Elder R. P. Martin read the letters from the
following Churches :
1st. Pleasant Grove, was organized on the 7th of Octo-
ber, 1866, with twelve members, now numbers thirty-
eight. Pastor, Elder R. P. Martin.
2nd. Lea's Chapel, was organized on the 20th of Octo-
ber, 1866, with the same, now numbers fifty-five. Pastor
E. P. Martin.
3rd. New Bethel, was organized October 14th, 1866,
with twelve members, now numbers upwards of one hun-
dred. Pastor, Elder Martin.
4th. Cedar Grove, number not .known. Pastor, Alex.
5th. Sinema, was organized JSTov. 18th, 1866, with
twelve members, now T eighteen. Pastor, Cuffee Mayo.
6th. Oak Grove, was organized October, 1866, it now
numbers twenty-five. Pastor, Alex. Howell.
7th. Antioch, was organized February, 1867, with twelve
members, now numbers thirty-one. Pastor. Harry Crews.
8th. Atkins' Grove, was organized 1867, now numbers
forty four. Pastor, Combrey Ellis. ,
9th. Ephesus Church, newly organized, number not
known. Pastor Elder E. P. Martin.
10th. Milton Chapel, number not known. Pastor,
11th. Hillsboro, was organized February, 1867, number
not known. Pastor, Rev. H. Horton.
12th. Salisbury, organized in 1867, now numbers one
hundred and thirty. Pastor, Rev. Harry Cowans.
The brethren from most of the churches report that they
have no Sabbath School, for want of both books and
After one hour s conference at the Church, Elder R. P.
Martin retired to a private house to examine the following
brethren, who felt they were called to labor in their Mas-
ter's vineyard, viz :
Combrey Ellis, Cuffee Mayo, Alex. Howell, Edmund
Howard, Harry Crews, Elijah Jones, Greene Jackson.
On motion, the Association appointed Harry Cowan and
Z. Horton Presbyters, and P. P. Martin, Elder, who are to
pass through the entire field three times a year, to look
after the condition of the churches.
On motion, Elder P. P. Martin was appointed Agent to
procure a religious periodical for each of the ministers who
have charge over each of the churches. \
It was moved and adopted that there be three District
Meetings held the succeeding year.
The first to be held at Antioch, Granville county, on the
first Friday and Saturday of September next.
The second at Lea's Chapel, Caswell county, the last
Friday and Saturday of September next.
The third at Salisbury, the second Friday and Saturday
Elder E. P. Martin and Presbytery may be expected to
attend these meetings.
Moved and adopted that brother Harry Cowans j>reach
the introductory sermon for the next meeting of the Asso-
An invitation from several churches being extended to
this Association to meet with them next session, it was
moved that we meet at Lea's Chapel, (ten miles West of
Eoxborough,) in Caswell county, the first Thursday in
After brief remarks from several of the brethren, the As-
sociation adjourned, to meet at Lea's Chapel the first
Thursday in August, 1868.
Sabbath 10 O' Clock, A. M.
We met at the Church. Elder P. P. Martin preached
from Acts x : 47. Brother Alex. Howell, at 11 o'clock,
preached from Acts m: 13. At 12 o'clock we repaired to
the water, where Elder Martin baptized thirty-two persons
upon the confession of their faith.
The proceedings throughout the entire session was marked
with good order and decorum.
WILLIAM MOSS, Moderator.
John F. Woodie, Cleric.
PLEASANT GROVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION.
Article 1. This Association shall be called the Pleasant Grove
Art. 2. This Association shall be composed of, first, all the or-
dained ministers who are members of, or have pastoral charge of the
churches within this Associational District, who shall be members of
the Association ex-officio. Secondly, not more than three delegates
from each church within the district aforesaid, who shall produce let-
ters from the churches, certifying their appointment, in which said
letters shall be stated the numerical standing of said churches, show-
ing their additions, losses and change of membership, since the last
Art. 8. The Association shall be held at least once a year, at such
time and place as they may appoint, and shall be opened and closed
Art. 4. The officers of the Association shall be a Moderator, Clerk
and Treasurer ; the last two offices, however may be held by the same
individual, should such be the pleasure of the Association.
Art. 5. The officers aforesaid shall be chosen at each annual session
of the Association, by ballot or nomination, as may be the pleasure of a
majority of the members ; and the Clerk shall be eligible to continue
in office until another is appointed, and shall at all times perform the
duties of Treasurer, unless another individual be appointed to the
Art. 6. The Association shall have no right to interfere with the
internal regulations of the churches, but may tender them advice,
and, in case any of them should become corrupt in doctrine or prac-
tice, exclude such from their fellowship ; and shall also have the power
to adopt such measures as may be deemed proper to promote the in-
terests of the Redeemer's kingdom.
Art. 7. All Committees shall be appointed by the Moderator unless
otherwise ordered by the Association.
Art 8. A Committee of Arrangements shall be appointed, of which
the Moderator and Clerk shall be members ex-officio.
Art. 9. It shall be the duty of the Committee of Arrangements to
prepare the business of the Association, and to consider the expe-
diency or inexpediency of bringing any matter before the Association.
The action of the Committee, however, in relation to any matter, shall
not be conclusive : and, any matter or proposition which may be re-
jected by them, may be brought before the Association by any member
thereof, who may not concur in that decision.
Art. 10. It shall be the duty of the Association to deliberate on the
matter prepared by the Committee, whether queries or propositions
the churches, or stiggjptions from th C mmittee, md
such responses, and to oiler such counsels as may be deemed lit and
A^t 11. The Association may invite "Baptist ministers (who may
Lo present) Lv a seat iii their body, who suuu oe d,dmuied to iuo priv-
ileges of counsel and debate only.
Art. 12. No member of any church in this Association, shall be
ordained without some education and gift for the work.
Art. 18. The Constitution may be altered or amended at the annual
meeting of the Association, by a vote of two thirds of the whole body.
Art. 14. The power of appointing Presbyters for the ordination of
ministers and the constitution of churches within this district, shall
be vested in this Association. And it shall be the duty of the Associ-
ation, at each annual session, to appoint a standing Presbytery, to
attend to requests from the churches relating to these matters, daring
the succeeding Associational year, and until a new Presbytery be
RULES OF ORDER AND DECORUM.
1. The Moderator shall take the chair every day, during the session,
at the hour appointed at the adjournment, and call the members to
order, and on the appearance of a quorum, cause the minutes of the-
preceding day to be read.
2. He shall preserve decorum and order, and shall decide questions
of order, subject to an appeal to the Association by any member.
3. He shall rise to put a question, but may state it sitting. He shall
have the right to call any member to perform the duties of the chair
4. The Moderator shall not vote on any question, unless the Asso-
ciation be equally divided.
5. He shall not speak in debase while occupying the chair, but may
call another to the chair, and then he shall have the privilege of
speaking in common with any other members.
C. When any member is about to speak in debate, or deliver any
matter to the Association, he shall rise from his seat and address
himself to the Moderator.
7. When two or more members rise at the same time, the Moderator
shall name the person to speak first.
8. No man shall speak more than twice on the same question with-
out leave of the Association.
9. No member shall absent himself, finally, from the Association
10. Decency of speech shall be observe^, and personal reflections
11. Whilst the Moderator is putting any question, or addressing the
Association, no person shall speak, stand up, nor walk out or across
the house; nor when a member is speaking, entertain private dis-
course, stand up, or pass between him and the Moderator.
12. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received
but to adjourn, to lay on the table, to postpone indefinitely, to a day
certain, to commit or amend, which several motions shall have prece-
dence in the order in which they stand arranged.
18. All committees shall consist of three members, unless otherwise
ordered by the Association.
14. A Select Committee shall be appointed on the first day of the
Association, to select the ministers who are to preach on Saturday and
the succeeding days of the meeting, and give notice thereof to the
respective ministers, whose duty it shall be to conform to the arrange-
ments thus made.
15. When a motion is made and seconded, it shall be put by the
Moderator, unless withdrawn by the mover.
16. No standing rules shall be rescinded, altered or suspended,
unless by a vote of two-thirds of the members present.
17. The Constitution and Rules of Order and Decorum shall be read
on Saturday of each session of this Association.
List cf Ministers and their Post Offices.
R. P. Martin,
Roxboro, Person co., N. C.
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Milton, Caswell co., N. C.
Oxford, Granville co., N. C.
Tally Ho, "
Salisbury, N. C.